Elective Daily Tours

*Please note the tours below may occur during plenary session presentations 

SUNDAY, October 29th
Optional Spouse/Guest Tour

10:00 – 11:45

Visit the newly transformed SFMOMA expanding to 170,000 square feet, featuring outstanding holdings of more than 33,000 modern and contemporary artworks by Alexander Calder, Chuck Close, Frida Kahlo, and numerous others, including an entire floor dedicated solely to photography. Led by the incredible SFMOMA Museum Guides, the guided tour takes visitors through the collection and special exhibitions. More of a guided conversation in the galleries than a traditional lecture, the interactive tours are full of surprising stories about artists, and fun facts about the museum and works on view. We encourage all visitors to share their ideas and engage with one another as we explore modern and contemporary art together. You will leave with new ideas about how to look at art and the world around you. The tour will begin at 10:30 and will last approximately 1 hour. You are encouraged to stay and explore the museum on your own upon the conclusion of the tour.

Attire: Casual
Price: $35.00 USD / person
Includes: Transportation and admission fee



MONDAY, October 30th
Optional Spouse/Guest Tour
Nob Hill Walking Tour & Lunch Outing 

11:00 – 13:30

For more than a century San Francisco’s Nob Hill has been associated with the upper crust, the beau monde, la dolce vita. The name refers to its earliest settlers. Nob, as faithful fans of “The Jewel in the Crown” know, is a contraction of the Hindu word nabob or nawwab: “A person, esp. a European, who has made a large fortune in India or another country of the East; a very wealthy or powerful person.  Sites that will be viewed and discussed along the walking tour include:

  • Majestic Grace Cathedral, former sight of the Crocker mansion and the infamous Spite Fence
  • Serene and Peaceful Huntington Park, previously home of the Huntington Mansion
  • The Spectacular Mark Hopkins Hotel, home of the legendary Top of the Mark. Former site of Hopkins incredible mansion that became the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art
  • The Luxurious Stanford Court Hotel, former site of the mansion of Leland Stanford
  • The Unparalleled Fairmont Hotel, where you’ll find the Tonga Room, The Venetian Room, and The Laurel Court Restaurant
  • The Elegant Huntington Hotel, home of the Big Four Restaurant and the Nob Hill Spa
  • The landmark Ritz Carlton stretches 17 columns of neo-classical grandeur
  • The Brockleback Apartments, Stately and elegant, was used in the movie “Vertigo”
  • Pacific Union Club, once the home of Silver Barron James Clair Flood, is the only surviving mansion, all the rest were destroyed in 1906
  • See where the parents of Patty Hearst weathered her kidnapping

Attire: Casual
Price: $80.00 USD / person
Includes: Guided walking tour, transportation, lunch